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The Texas Rangers had what some may consider a rough offseason with the departure of slugger Josh Hamilton and fan-favorite Mike Napoli while failing to sign any big free agent names like former American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. Now the club also awaits news on a possible suspension for outfielder Nelson Cruz being linked to a Miami clinic that allegedly supplied performance enhancing drugs to several MLB players.
Despite the heartbreak, Rangers fans shouldn't worry too hard about the future of the club with six players appearing in MLB.com's Top 100 Minor League prospects list including the organization's top prospect, infielder Jurickson Profar, ranked as No. 1 in baseball.
Profar, 19, was called up to the Rangers in September last season immediately making an impact hitting a home run in his first Major League at-bat. The young infielder was also added to the Rangers postseason roster picking up a hit in his only at-bat during the club's loss to Baltimore in the first winner-take-all American League Wild Card game.
During the offseason, the Rangers were looking for ways to plug Profar into the starting lineup by possibly moving second baseman Ian Kinsler to first base or the outfield to accommodate the top prospect but is now a likely candidate to start the season on the club's Triple A roster in Round Rock.
Also rounding out the Top 100 for the Rangers were infielder Mike Olt at No. 22, infielder Luis Sardinas at No. 84, Cody Buckel at No. 87, catcher Jorge Alfaro at No. 88 and LHP Martin Perez at No. 95. Out of these five prospects, only two saw time at the Major League level last season with Olt playing 16 games at third, first and the outfield while dealing with injury and Perez who made six starts and six relief appearances going 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA.
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The Texas Rangers are heading to Arizona next week with expectations that outfielder Nelson Cruz will be with the team.
Cruz's name surfaced in a report on performance enhancing drugs in a Miami clinic. The report said Cruz bought 4,000 in PEDs. Last week Cruz denied the allegations through his lawyers.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels sees Cruz as his right fielder but...
A week from today the Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers will report to camp in Surprise.
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Texas general manager Jon Daniels talked with beat writers for nearly 40 minutes Tuesday about the state of the Rangers as they...
Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., next Tuesday and the return of baseball can't come soon enough for Texas fans.
It's been an interesting offseason since the Rangers were bounced in the American League wild-card game by Baltimore last year. Josh Hamilton is gone. Michael Young too. So is Mike Napoli. A.J. Pierzynksi is now a Ranger. And Joakim...
The Texas Rangers will go to spring training with the expectation that Nelson Cruz will be their right fielder.
Cruz was among several players named in a story last week by an alternative newspaper in Miami, alleging they used banned performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball is investigating and has asked the Miami News Times for records it obtained for the story.
Brandon Webb, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and was one of the top pitchers in baseball before being beset by arm injuries, is retiring.
The right-hander's agents, Mike Montana and Jonathan Maurer of Millennium Sports Management, confirmed Monday night that Webb was calling it a career.
''He has worked so hard over the past three years to come back but his shoulder...
The Texas Rangers selected sidearming right-hander Coty Woods in this offseason's Rule 5 Draft, and the reliever will get a chance to crack the Rangers' bullpen in spring training. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at the 24-year-old prospect with an in-depth scouting report.
Former catcher Ivan Rodriguez, one of the best Texas Rangers of all time, may have a presence in spring training with the Rangers this year.
Rodriguez announced his retirement from baseball last year in Arlington after 21 years in the majors, 13 of which were with the Rangers.
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Former Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb, the 2006 National League Cy Young Award winner, is officially retiring from baseball, according to his agents.
Webb, 33, announced his retirement Monday in a statement released by agents Jonathan Maurer and Mike Montana.
"With retirement, Brandon looks forward to focusing on more time with his family," the statement...
Former Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Webb is retiring at age 33, according to his agents. Webb hasn't pitched in the majors since starting on Opening Day 2009 for the Diamondbacks. He won the NL Cy Young award with Arizona in 2006, and was the runner-up in both 2007 (won by Jake Peavy) and 2008 (won by Tim Lincecum), making the NL All-Star team in all three of...
Mike Napoli ended up signing with Boston, but the whole drawn out process and Napoli’s final contract terms make much of his future, both short- and long-term, very uncertain.
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